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BMJ Case Rep. 2009;2009. pii: bcr09.2008.0951. doi: 10.1136/bcr.09.2008.0951. Epub 2009 Mar 17.

Recurrent sterile abscesses following aluminium adjuvant-containing vaccines.

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Kaiser PermanenteVaccine Study Center, 16th Floor, One Kaiser Plaza, Oakland, California 94612, USA.


Abscess formation following immunisation is a previously reported complication, generally associated with microbial contamination of the vaccine. Less commonly, such abscesses have been sterile. Here we describe two children evaluated in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment (CISA) network who developed recurrent sterile abscesses after administration of vaccines containing aluminium adjuvant, either individually or in combination. Although the abscesses healed without sequelae, these occurrences support an association between receipt of aluminium adjuvant and sterile abscesses in susceptible patients. For patients with similar symptoms, clinicians may wish to choose a vaccine formulation containing the least amount of aluminium adjuvant.

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